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Mission Possible: Body Image and Self-Esteem in Adolescents

Do your teen students constantly worry about their physical appearance? Do you struggle with how to help them critically examine media images about beauty and understand that most are fake? Do you want to learn some engaging new lesson plans to help teens analyze media messages about beauty, body image and sexuality? If so, this dynamic workshop is for you! Research shows that while childhood is usually a time of fearless exploration and possibility, adolescence brings with it such hazards as depression, eating disorders, peer pressure and more. This workshop will model effective lesson plans for use with middle and high school students to help them recognize the myth of perfection that is sold to them via the media and will explore many causes of low self-esteem in both boys and girls, address social factors (such as family, peers and the media) and identify feasible strategies for helping adolescent boys and girls feel empowered and hopeful about themselves and their futures.

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